On Wednesday, Ugo Humbert was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Halle tournament against Hubert Hurkacz. Therefore, the Frenchman will not add enough points and will therefore lose some positions in the ATP rankings. As a result, only Gaël Monfils will represent French tennis next Monday among the top 50 players today, for the first time since 2005.
French tennis has been in trouble for several years. And things shouldn’t get any better in the next few days. After the retirement of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a Roland Garrosand that of coming Gilles Simon by the end of the year, France will be much less represented in the world of tennis. Also, a sad line will soon be written in the history of the tricolor. It did not turn out as planned Ugo Humbert at the Halle tournament. Eliminated in the round of 16 against Hubert Hurkaczthe world number 50 – still reigning champion – will lose many places after the ranking update ATP next Monday. He will be taken away from the 500 points of his coronation last year, which will place him around 119th place. Therefore, the 23-year-old will leave Gael Monfils as the only tricolor representative in the top 50, the first since 2005.
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Monfils, the only Frenchman in the top 50 ATP, a first since Sébastien Grosjean
Absent from Roland Garros after losing to Novak Djokovic During the Madrid tournament on May 3, the 25-year-old currently ranks 24th in the standings ATP. The last time a Frenchman was alone in the top 50 dates back to February 13, 2005. At that time, Sebastien Grosjean, who had been at the foot of the podium in 2002 (4th on October 28) appeared in 28th place. That year, I couldn’t have done better than a quarterfinal Wimbledon en Grand Slamremoved by Andy Roddick (world number one in 2003) and a round of 16 Master 1000 in Canada in the face of a certain Rafael Nadal. The semifinalist of Roland Garros in 2001 it was followed by Miquel Llodrawho pointed out the 51 below Fabrice Santoro (52nd), Cyril Saulnier (55th) i Julien Benneteau (62nd). All this had happened before the hatching of Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the highest level, he who ranked 345th in the ranking ATP at the end of 2005. Now it remains to be seen whether Gael Monfils another of his compatriots will join in the coming months. To some, the future looks pretty bright. But the generation gap is huge.
A huge generational gap between Monfils and other French people
At 9 p.m. Hugo Gaston already ranks 67th in the rankings ATP. The Frenchman has also shown some interesting things, especially in Roland Garros with his presence in the 3rd round. For now, Hugo Gaston has not yet matched his performance in 2020 at the French Open, where he advanced to the round of 16 before being eliminated by Dominic Thiem. Benjamin Bonzi i Arthur Rinderknech could also claim a site with Gael Monfils among the top 50. The two 26-year-olds are currently ranked 52nd and 55th. Only a few points separate them from their integration. For others, however, the issue seems more complicated. Benoit Parella A series of bad performances lately, which are unlikely to make him move up in the standings when he is already in 79th place. Richard Gasquet, meanwhile, is getting closer to retirement. Currently the 73rd in the world, the 35-year-old has nothing planned for this band yet. But its results Grand Slam and during Master 1000 he doesn’t really play in his favor, he who is regularly eliminated in the first rounds. waiting, Gael Monfils will have to represent as far as France can among the top 50 in the ranking ATPas the situation could last over time.